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HO Scale - Walthers - 920-54675 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2-CD 4427 - Milwaukee Road - 97963

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HO Scale - Walthers - 920-54675 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2-CD 4427 - Milwaukee Road - 97963 Different Road Number Shown


Brand/Importer Walthers
Manufacturer Walthers
Stock Number 920-54675
Original Retail Price $65
Road Letters/Reporting Mark MILW
Road/Company Name Milwaukee Road (Details)
Road/Reporting Number 97963
Paint Color(s) Yellow
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type AccuMate Magnetic Knuckle
Recommended Age Group 12+
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety PS2-CD
Prototype Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2-CD 4427 (Details)
Prototype Brand Name Covered Hopper
Prototype Year(s) of Production 1963-



Body Style Information: An authentic replica of cars now in service, these models are highly detailed, fully assembled and prepainted. Cars are available individually and in limited-run two packs for a total of three roadnumbers per roadname. * Exact Replica * Full Underbody Detail * Complete Brake System * Accurately Scaled 13-Rib High-Side Body * Extremely Free-Rolling Barber S-2 100-Ton Trucks with 36" Wheels * Full Recommended NMRA Weight * Magnetic Knuckle Couplers *

Prototype Information:
Valued for its large capacity, roof trough hatches, and center discharge gates, the 4427 PS-2 CD High-Side Covered Hopper was a favorite for hauling grain. These large hoppers could be found across the continent hauling grain and other medium-density loads beginning in the 1960s, often in multi-car cuts or unit trains. Many are still seen in service during the fall harvest, 30 years after their construction.

Even with Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company's passenger car designs and patents spun off to a separate company called Pullman Technology in 1982 (which was eventually sold to Canadian based Bombardier in 1987) and Pullman Standard's remaining railcar manufacturing plants and freight car designs and patents sold to Trinity Industries in 1984, American manufactured Pullman freight and passenger cars were (and to this point in time still are) well known in North America.

When it came to hauling dry bulk goods such as agricultural commodities, cement, clay, dry chemicals, salt, or sand. many railroads and private owners selected the Pullman Standard PS-2 series covered hopper.
Utilized to transport dense and heavy granular products like cement, clay, potash, and sand, due to North American axle weight load limits, two (and later) three bay models were often chosen.
When it came to hauling much lighter commodities such as barley, corn, grain, malt, oats, soybeans, sugar, and wheat, these kinds of products would most commonly be transported in three or four bay covered hoppers.
Unlike two bay models, large four bay cars lend themselves to rapid load and discharge operations.

While there are a wide range of products covered by the PS-2 designation, it was Pullman's 4427 cubic foot capacity covered hopper that stood out as being the first of the larger capacity models to be manufactured in greater numbers.
Introduced as the PS-2CD (center discharge) in late 1963, the early production "low hip" design 4427 cubic foot capacity cars had low body sides, which concealed most of the hopper bay area.
The manufacturing of "high hip" design raised side 4427 models commenced in November 1966.

Visibly apparent are a few different body style variations.
With the latter style being the most popular choice, the top of the covered hoppers could be fitted with large trough style openings, or, a series of round ones.
With the latter position being most common, brake wheels could be positioned high up on the body end, or, low mounted.

Road/Company Information:
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (often referred to as the Milwaukee Road) (reporting mark MILW), was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980, when its Pacific Extension (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) was abandoned following a bankruptcy.

The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986.

Brand/Importer Information:
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., was founded in Milwaukee in 1932 -- but really, it started years earlier, when seven-year-old Bill Walthers got his first taste of the hobby with a small, wind-up toy train for Christmas. He continued with the hobby and eventually had an attic layout comprised primarily of his own scratch-built creations. After he wrote a series of articles on building train control and signaling systems, he got so many letters from other modelers that he began manufacturing them. The first ad (in the May issue of The Model Maker) offered a 24-page, 15ยข catalog that listed rail, couplers, and electrical supplies. Sales were over $500.00 for the first year, and the fledgling company was off to a strong start.

Item created by: kdporter on 2018-01-29 22:24:09. Last edited by gdm on 2018-12-03 18:33:48

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